Lent Reflection

Flowers Wesel Wild Cherry Plant Auesee Spring http://www.maxpixel

The wild or bird cherry – prunus avium – is a British native. Its name refers to the roles birds play in its propagation: birds that eat the fruit whole often deposit its stone (seed) further afield. The tree grows to a height of 30m and can live for about 60 years. Its wood is strong, hard and honey coloured. Traditionally the wood was sued for casks and vine poles.

Cherry blossoms is highly valued in Japan where its brief flowering is a reminder of joy and the transience of life. Yet as the flower holds that which becomes the cherry, it is also a reminder of new life to come.

So of anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17

In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger. Kobayashi Issa

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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